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Sword hilt fitting (fuchi)


Naniwa kinjô no Tan'yû no zu o moshi kore o kaku ; Takeshiba Toshiteru koku (Drew this reproducing a painting by Tan'yû in Osaka castle ; Carved by Takeshiba Toshiteru) 浪速金城模探幽図之畫 竹芝寿輝刻


Takeshiba Toshiteru koku 竹芝寿輝刻


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, late Edo period, mid-19th century

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Copper-gold alloy (shakudô) with autumn grasses and insects in high relief and iroe, finished with nanako




Arms and armor